This two part programme is your guide to understanding and learning the 4000-year-old gymnastic techniques of Qi Gong, which form part of the Chinese therapeutic arsenal. Join distinguished doctor, acupuncturist, cardiologist and founder of the Quimetao Institute Dr. Jian Liujun amidst the magnificent parkland and the Garden of Bronzes, at the Coubertin Foundation Saint-Remy les Chevreuse, and watch his superb Qi Gong demonstrations. Then work alongside Akli Hammadi, a Qi Gong instructor for more than 14 years and a federal monitor for the Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong Federation, as he guides you through each movement.
The second film deepens your knowledge, exploring the 8 Pieces of Brocade and the 5 Animals. Not only will the programme enable you to improve your technique and gain a far greater knowledge of Qi Gong, it also provides the opportunity to learn more about Chinese philosophy and traditional medicine. Dr. Jian Liujun and Akli Hammadi are our guides again as we study two particular exercises. The 8 Pieces of Brocade is a traditional method and is the most widely practiced exercise in China today. It combines muscular contraction and relaxation and promotes a good flow of energy and blood circulation, as it massages all the internal organs. The 5 Animals is a Taoist technique which is now very popular in China. It is based on imitating the character and behaviour of animals. The Chinese recognise it for the beneficial effect it has on chronic illnesses such as arthritis and rheumatism. Each exercise is examined in detail and its effects on health are explained. The film is further enhanced by tranquil images of nature, filmed in the magnificent pars and gardens of the Coubertin Institute.